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Making science public: challenges and opportunities

Raman, Sujatha; Nerlich, Brigitte; Cartelet, Clio; de Saille, Stevienna; Hadley Kershaw, Eleanor; Hartley, Sarah; Hobson-West, Pru; Holmwood, John; Lowndes, Vivien; Madziva, Roda; Martin, Paul; McLeod, Carmen; Millar, Kate; Mohr, Alison; Morris, Carol; Pearce, Warren; Seymour, Susanne; Smith, Alexander; Spencer, Adam; Tsouvalis, Judith


Sujatha Raman

Brigitte Nerlich

Clio Cartelet

Stevienna de Saille

Eleanor Hadley Kershaw

Sarah Hartley

Pru Hobson-West

John Holmwood

Vivien Lowndes

Roda Madziva

Paul Martin

Carmen McLeod

Kate Millar

Alison Mohr

Carol Morris

Warren Pearce

Susanne Seymour

Alexander Smith

Adam Spencer

Judith Tsouvalis


This Programme investigated the relationship between science, politics and publics in the aftermath of an influential 2000 UK House of Lords Science and Society report. We conceptualised top-down initiatives promising greater transparency around the use of scientific evidence in policymaking and opportunities for public engagement around research and innovation agendas, as well as bottom-up instances of public mobilisation around science as an effort to make science public. In principle, such a movement seemed to speak directly to wider arguments for ‘opening up’ controversial domains of evidence and research to public scrutiny of framing, tacit assumptions, and alternative forms of expertise. Yet, these promises raised a number of dilemmas that we sought to examine in a range of cases.

Report Type Research Report
Publication Date Jan 31, 2019
APA6 Citation Raman, S., Nerlich, B., Cartelet, C., de Saille, S., Hadley Kershaw, E., Hartley, S., …Tsouvalis, J. (2019). Making science public: challenges and opportunities. Leverhulme Trust
Keywords science, politics, publics, public engagement, science advice, openness


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